History Literature / VariableStar

5th Nov '16 2:16:09 PM AnotherDuck
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* {{Heavyworlder}}: Inverted. Joel grew up on Ganymede, with gravity 1/3rd Earth's, which made him ideal for the Sheffield.


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* {{Lightworlder}}: Joel grew up on Ganymede, with gravity 1/3rd Earth's, which made him ideal for the Sheffield.
8th Jan '16 5:08:55 PM nombretomado
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What do you do when the [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Grand Master]] of science fiction leaves behind incomplete notes on a book never written? Give them to the man recognized as [[SpiderRobinson his disciple]] and tell him to get cracking. The result is recognizably the product of two minds, begun before one was born and finished after the other died. It received mixed reviews. The basic structure of the story is very much that of Heinlein's juveniles, which is what Heinlein intended it to be when he plotted it; a young man goes to the stars, and there he finds himself. Much of the story is very much ''not'' that of a Heinlein juvenile; there's sex and drugs and the main character is a musician, not an engineer-slash-soldier of fortune. As Heinlein was plotting it during his time as a writer for teen sci-fi magazines, it's likely the other elements were added by SpiderRobinson.

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What do you do when the [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Grand Master]] of science fiction leaves behind incomplete notes on a book never written? Give them to the man recognized as [[SpiderRobinson [[Creator/SpiderRobinson his disciple]] and tell him to get cracking. The result is recognizably the product of two minds, begun before one was born and finished after the other died. It received mixed reviews. The basic structure of the story is very much that of Heinlein's juveniles, which is what Heinlein intended it to be when he plotted it; a young man goes to the stars, and there he finds himself. Much of the story is very much ''not'' that of a Heinlein juvenile; there's sex and drugs and the main character is a musician, not an engineer-slash-soldier of fortune. As Heinlein was plotting it during his time as a writer for teen sci-fi magazines, it's likely the other elements were added by SpiderRobinson.
Creator/SpiderRobinson.
14th Dec '15 1:23:27 PM FF32
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* NamingYourColonyWorld: And its moons. Actually a discussion in-universe. The colony was technically and formally named "Brasil Novo" (New Brazil), but this was rapidly shortened to "Bravo". The moons were originally [[NamesTheSame Phobos and Deimos]], but were changed to those of [[AuthorOnBoard famous musicians]].

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* NamingYourColonyWorld: And its moons. Actually a discussion in-universe. The colony was technically and formally named "Brasil Novo" (New Brazil), but this was rapidly shortened to "Bravo". The moons were originally [[NamesTheSame Phobos and Deimos]], but were changed to those of [[AuthorOnBoard [[WriterOnBoard famous musicians]].
20th May '15 11:14:08 PM surgoshan
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* YouCanRunButYouCantHide: Joel doesn't want a life of unearned, opulent wealth. He wants to be a musician, not an accountant. He wants to be ''free'', not caught up in the unimaginable machinations of the wealthiest family ever to live. Unfortunately, he is, and by attempting to run away he has embarrassed them. Literally the only way to be free of the Conrads is to not be on the same planet as them.
27th Aug '13 11:03:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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** However, this reflects the same thing that happened [[TruthInTelevision with the colonization of the Americas]], particularly the English colonies. Companies were founded and funded with the hopes of making big profits... [[StepThreeProfit somehow]]. Most didn't pan out.

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** However, this reflects the same thing that happened [[TruthInTelevision with the colonization of the Americas]], particularly the English colonies. Companies were founded and funded with the hopes of making big profits... [[StepThreeProfit somehow]].somehow. Most didn't pan out.
27th Jul '13 8:55:34 AM zarpaulus
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* HighTimesFuture: Marijuana is openly grown on the farming deck. Though opium is apparently still illegal as Joel gets mad when some guys ask him to grow poppy flowers, he may have misheard them as the security recording indicated a genetically engineered plant called "happy hour", which is legal.
21st May '13 1:20:57 PM CheeseDogX
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* CantGetAwayWithNothing: Every time Joel does something stupid in the book, it comes back to bite him in the ass, usually in a pretty major way. Granted, this is in large part because the mistakes he's making are due to the fact that he's got some serious emotional issues, and keeps trying to run away from his problems.

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* CantGetAwayWithNothing: Every time Joel does something stupid in the book, it comes back to bite him in the ass, usually in a pretty major way. Granted, this is in large part because the mistakes he's making are due to the fact that he's got some serious emotional issues, and keeps trying to run away from his problems. His screw-ups also tend to be fairly spectacular, again because of his emotional troubles.
21st May '13 1:19:26 PM CheeseDogX
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** Though thanks to time dilation, even though the ship is slated to take 80+ years to get to Brazil Novo, to the ship's passenger's it would seem like only 20 years had passed.

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** Though thanks to time dilation, even though the ship is slated to take 80+ years to get to Brazil Novo, to the ship's passenger's it would seem like only 20 years had passed. Some of them do decide to have children in transit, however, partly so they'll be old enough to work as farmhands when the colonists land.
19th Feb '13 9:18:10 PM surgoshan
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* {{Polyamory}}: Mentioned in passing as one of the marriage options available on the ''Sheffield''.


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* {{Polyamory}}: Mentioned in passing as one of the marriage options available on the ''Sheffield''.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis. "The time. For fear. Is ''past'' now."
25th Oct '12 8:04:36 AM Sheora
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